Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, and captured the royal city. And Joab sent messengers to David and said, “I have fought against Rabbah, I have even captured the city of waters. Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and camp against the city and capture it, lest I capture the city myself and it be named after me.” —2 Samuel 12:26-28
WHAT??!! Did you read that?! Joab had the city dead to rights, he fought against it—David wasn’t even there—and he GAVE UP the city for his master, the king.
Here’s a question the LORD gave to me after I read this this morning: Are you living your life like Joab? Translation: Are you living your life so that others may be placed in front of you? Are you working and preaching and living so that others may see more of the LORD? Or are you setting your sights on things you may get? I know…OUCH!!!
To be honest, we don’t live in that society. It’s all about me and I. “Work hard so you can have,” “Go make a name for yourself,” “You deserve this.”
I wonder what it would be like if we truly stopped and took the time to TRULY evaluate why we do what we do. How much of what we do, say, and give is based on what WE NEED?
You see, God is right!! If we each as believers in Christ lived like Joab, what a different world it would be. We would go out, do what God called us to do and then passed the honor of recognition to someone else who deserves it…maybe CHRIST?!